BLACK IN/VISIBILITIES CONTESTED
7th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference

> SELECTED PANELS

Thematic Line / Afroeuropeans in the Arts and the Mediasphere

    Afrofuturism: Making Black Futures Visible in Literature and the Arts  

Eva Ulrike Pirker / pirker@uni-duesseldorf.de
Judith Rahn / judith.rahn@uni-duesseldorf.de


Languages for paper submission: English and Portuguese

Short abstract
The recent Afrofuturist imaginary is an increasingly noticeable field in the debates of theorised and imaginatively constructed futures, requesting the envisioning of a future through an artistic, scientific, and technological Black lense.

This panel aims to examine the state of Afrofuturism today and raise questions about Black visions of the future that precede the establishment of this terminology.

Extended abstract

    Arrival of The Afro-Vikings: Black and Brown Artists Transforming Nordic Culture 

Faith Adiele / faith@adiele.com
Jasmine Kelekay / jkelekay@gmail.com

 CLOSED PANEL 

Short abstract
This diverse panel of pioneering Afro-Nordic European women artists and scholars will update the limited literature on constructions of Afro-Nordic identity, demonstrating how they and others claim visibility, resist racism, and transform Nordic culture through artistic practices including literature, dance, film, music, art and performance.

Extended abstract

    Black Narratives: art as political and poetic  

Apolo de Carvalho / afroapolo@gmail.com
Edileuza Penha de Souza / edileuzapenha@gmail.com

Maíra Zenun Almada / mairazenun@gmail.com


Languages for paper submission: English and Portuguese

Short abstract
As Zózimo Bulbul use to say "Cinema is a weapon! With it you can change the mentality of a people." Therefore, we propose a panel that follows Zózimo's line of thought in order to create a space in this Conference so that black artists can present their production processes as forms of knowledge and strategies of social transformation.

Extended abstract

    Creating Visibility: Digital Mapping of Afropean Culture & History  

Maggi M. Morehouse / morehouse@coastal.edu

 CLOSED PANEL 

Short abstract
This panel is designed to orient the audience to the work in progress by the Creative Europe project Dis-Othering Beyond Afropolitan & Other Labels partnered with BOZAR in Brussels, SAVVY in Berlin, and Kulturen in Bwegung, Vienna on mapping cultural diversity within staff of European cultural institutions. Part of the project is the groundbreaking creativity of the Afropean project with the symposium Looking B(l)ack: Intersectional Travels as Gaze Reversal. Additionally, the digital mapping project on Contemporary Black British History and Culture underway with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions and Coastal Carolina University will be highlighted in this roundtable. The idea is for the panel to provide an intercultural dialogue about tools, techniques, and discoveries when digitally mapping the Black presence in Europe.

Extended abstract

    Image and racism: breaking canon  

Ana Cristina Pereira / kitty.furtado@gmail.com
Mamadou Ba / bailoba74@gmail.com

Michelle Sales / sales.michelle@gmail.com

Rosa Cabecinhas / rosa.cabecinhas@gmail.com


Languages for paper submission: English and Portuguese

Short abstract
This panel aims at a comprehensive reflection on the relationship between the production of images and racism in contemporary Europe. Works that help to draw the dialogue/discussion that is established between images and racial stereotypes and to perceive the way in which the various forms of racism are fed or combated through Image are welcomed.

Extended abstract

    Imagined, Visible, and Wandering Black Europe  

Augusta Atinuke Irele / airele@sas.upenn.edu


Language for paper submission: English

Short abstract
This panels calls for interdisciplinary and/or multi-modal approaches to observing contemporary creative representations of the Afropean subject. Papers in this session will interrogate new frames of Diaspora presented by portrayals of wandering, invisible, and constructed subjects and subjectivities.

Extended abstract

    Literary imaginations of the Afro.
    Women’s writing of the African Diasporas in a comparative perspective  

Catarina Martins / catarina.caldeira.martins@gmail.com
Isabel Caldeira / mic@fl.uc.pt


Languages for paper submission: English and Portuguese

Short abstract

Afropean, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American diasporas have distinct histories and have constructed different collective memories. They imagine both the ties to a common African history and their places in Europe or the Americas society in ways that are also diverse and must be understood in order to analyse power relations and how these communities fight exclusion and claim for full citizenship. This panel welcomes contributions focusing on the analysis of the constructions of a common “afro” identity by women of the African diasporas in Europe and the Americas through literary writing.

Extended abstract

    Performing and narrating Afro-diasporic (auto)biographies in the Arts in Europe  

Ohene-Nyako Pamela / pamela.ohene-nyako@unige.ch
Mélanie-Evely Pétrémont / melanie.petremont@unige.ch

Silvia Wojczewski / silvia.wojczewski@unil.ch


Languages for paper submission: English 

Short abstract
In eponymous Black studies texts (Douglass 1845) as well as Afropean life stories (Salmon, 2018; Hall, 2017; Chantimedia, 2016; Emeke, 2014), the narration of individual experience becomes itself a politically activist form of expression and a source of empowerment for an Afro-diasporic Self. As these life stories circulate (in text, sonic, video or in vivo) they create and enable a transnational diasporic dialogue. This panel session aims at creating a transnational Afropean dialogue through (auto)biography. We invite contributions that can either be scientific papers that include Afropean (auto)biographies or (auto)biographic presentations in the first person in all its expressive forms (performance, dance, spoken word, stand-up comedy).

Extended abstract

    Research on Anti-Racism Media Activism in Afro-Europe  

Leonardo Custódio / leonardo.custodio@uta.fi
Monica Gathuo / monica.gathuo@gmail.com


Languages for paper submission: English and Portuguese

Short abstract
This panel invites researchers to discuss theoretical, methodological and ethical issues in academic research focused on anti-racism uses of online/offline devices and/or platforms for audiovisual, artistic and journalistic initiatives by individual and collective actors in Afro-Europe.

Extended abstract

    We claim our existence in the media space 

Cintia Ataliba / cintiaataliba@hotmail.com

Claudia Cambraia / claucambraia@gmail.com
Elaine Santos / elainesantosabc@gmail.com


Languages for paper submission: English and Portuguese

Short abstract
The premise that black peoples are invisible in most of the power spaces and in the media context.
This panel intends to cover the diverse expressions of the black population within the digital context. The purpose of this panel is to visualize virtual actions used as places of resistance and reinvention of narratives that are not considered.

Extended abstract

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